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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls beat Heat even without that Rose guy

Mar 15, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

Miami Heat's LeBron James is guarded by Chicago Bulls' John Lucas and Luol Deng during their NBA basketball game in Chicago Reuters

What you missed while waiting for Dwight Howard to change his mind again….

Bulls 106, Heat 102: This just shows the different mentalities of these two teams. No Derrick Rose, no Richard Hamilton and yet the Bulls just brought it with fantastic energy. They defended, guys like John Lucas III (24 points) and Jimmy Butler step in in their roles and the Bulls lead the whole way. Joakim Noah was everywhere.

Miami got good games from LeBron James (35 points on 25 shots) and Dwyane Wade (36 points on 26 shots) but after that nothing. They had two bench points for the entire first half. Chris Bosh had 12 points on 15 shots. Nobody else showed passion or brought it.

I’m not going to take much out of this game and apply it to the future Eastern Conference Finals between these two teams. But it does show a difference of mentality toward the regular season.

Knicks 121, Trail Blazers 79: I don’t want to rain on the Knicks parade, but this game really had nothing to do with Mike Woodson replacing Mike D’Antoni and everything to do with the Trail Blazers being this bad. They may have been the worst team in the NBA over the past two weeks, and they were on the second night of a back-to-back with trade rumors hanging over them. It was ugly. J.R. Smith had 23 to lead the Knicks.

We’ll be able to judge the Knicks better after some time for Woodson to put his stamp on this team. Just remember, when he coached the Hawks his offense was nicknamed “iso Joe” for how often they ran Joe Johnson isolations. Carmelo Anthony has to love that.

Spurs 122, Magic 111: Defense? We don’t need no stinkin’ defense. San Antonio put up 63 points in the second half — Tony Parker had 16 in the fourth quarter alone — and the Spurs come from behind to win. Second night of a back-to-back for Orlando, and they may have been distracted by something.

Lakers 107, Hornets 101 (OT): Two overtime games in two nights — Kobe Bryant has played more than 100 minutes in them. But that didn’t slow him in the overtime when he had seven points then and 33 on the night. Andrew Bynum had 25 points, 18 boards. Gritty effort by the Hornets.

Pacers 111, Sixers 94: Philadelphia is a good defensive team. They were not this night. Indy shot 56.6 percent as a team and hit 7 of 17 from three (41.2 percent). Danny Granger led the way with 20 points on 13 shots.

Nets 98, Raptors 94: Do you really think anybody in the Nets organization is celebrating this win right now?

Bucks 115, Cavaliers 105: The Bucks had 38 assists on 46 baskets, they really had great ball movement and had six players in double figures scoring. We’ll see how that goes when Monta Ellis is in the lineup. The Bucks remain tied for eighth in the East with the Knicks but this win puts the two up on the Cavaliers, who are 10th.

Rockets 107, Bobcats 87: Houston led the whole way and this game went pretty much to form. Wonder what these rosters will look like 24 hours from now.

Pistons 124, Kings 112: In a game between two teams capable of mental nights off, the Pistons seemed more engaged. At least their stars did. Rodney Stuckey had 35 points, Greg Monroe had 32, 11 in the fourth quarter.

Clippers 96, Hawks 81: Atlanta did a pretty good job defensively of taking the ball out of Chris Paul’s hands and slowing Blake Griffin (at least for a half). Dare someone else to beat you. Like Mo Williams, who had 25 points. The Hawks on offense never seem to really go at the mismatches they have, they just take what they can get.

Celtics, 105 Warriors 103: Someone needs to explain to the Warriors about how to tank to improve your lottery odds — they played with great energy all night. Boston played up-tempo on the second night of a back-to-back and won. They got 24 from Kevin Garnett, who had 12 in the fourth quarter.

Suns 119, Jazz 111: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed this report: Utah put a 20-3 stretch together early that had them ahead by 13 points two minutes into the second quarter. The Suns then dropped a 34-13 run from the second quarter into the third, pushing Phoenix’s lead to eight.

Phoenix held a lead of seven heading into the fourth, and Utah came back to tie it at 91 before the Suns’ starting unit was able to regain control.

The Suns were able to shoot 56.4 percent from the field for the game, including a combined 9-of-16 from three-point range from Channing Frye and Jared Dudley. Steve Nash was ridiculously efficient, finishing with 12 points on just four shots, while dishing out 16 assists. Marcin Gortat bounced back from his dismal effort against Minnesota with 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting.

The Suns weren’t pleased with their defense, but were happy to get the win. They’re now tied with Utah in the standings with a record of 20-22, still three games out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race that’s currently shared by Houston and Dallas.


  1. bils293 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    the bulls are better without d rose…hes overrated. terrible on defense…they should bench him more often

    • chitownmatt - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      What are you talking about? Rose is great on defense.
      He is fast enough to stay tight on his man right around any pick. His speed essentially removes the p&r from any other teams strategy.

    • ummnah - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      pretty obvious when someone only watches the Bulls when they’re on national TV, you get assanine comments like this… if you watch the bulls consistantly you know that John Lucas doesn’t normally play anywhere near that level. The Bulls as a TEAM just wanted this game way more than the Heat after having lost to them 5 straight times heading into the game

  2. chitownmatt - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    It seems there is an easy formula to beating the Heat.

    “Its better to take the 24 sec violation then to risk a bad pass”

    Take away their hail-mary pass transition game and the Heat are just another team.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    It’s how you beat the Heat. Shoot over 50% from 3. Get offensive rebounds. Hope Chalmers/Battier/Haslem/Bosh combine to go 5/28. Then pray.

    Worked last night. Will it work 4 out of 7?

    • blueintown - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM


    • philtration - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Is that how the Heat are losing these games since the All Star break?
      Is that how Dallas beat them last year?
      Is that how the Bulls beat them 5 straight last season?

      You believe that the only way Miami can lose a game is if they play poorly and the other team is very lucky.
      Do you even watch the games?

      Since the Heat’s little fashion show last summer they are 5-6 against the Bulls so get over yourself.
      Wade should have come back to Chicago to play and he would have won a ring last year if he had.

      • kinggw - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        The Heat are 5-6 against the Bulls. So what. In the games that matter against the Bulls they are 4-1. Bulls fans should have learned from last year that games before May dont count. Did the Bulls have a nice win at home, yes they did. Does it mean anything going forward, absolutely not.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        I watch every just about every second of every game, thanks. Last year was a totally different team. Zydrunis Whatever and the corpse of Mike Bibby played big minutes (as did Carlos Arroyo & Erick Dampier). But if you want to talk about last year, you remember where 4 of those 5 Heat wins came from, right?

        I’m not saying the Bulls were lucky last night. I’m saying they played very well. Pretty much as well as they can (Rose-less, at least).

        I’m also saying that whether it’s the Bulls, Magic, Jazz, or anybody else; the way to beat the Heat is to outrebound them and go balls-crazy from 3. That’s the blueprint. Doesn’t happen every time. But that gives the opponent their best shot. I know this because it’s pretty much the common theme in all Heat losses.

        I’m also saying that most of the Heat’s lineup last night (and the night before in Orlando) played far below their season averages. If those players play anywhere close to their usual efficiency the Heat win that game.

        And in last night’s 5/28, I forgot to throw in Norris Cole’s 1/4. The Heat’s “other guys” usually do better than 6/32. And even with a 6/32, being out rebounded by 15, and the Bulls shooting 53% from 3 and 48% overall; the Bulls were life and death to win that game.

        The Bulls deserved to win. The Bulls deserved to win by more than 4. The Heat played like crap. What do you want me to say? But you do understand that the law of averages usually will catch up, right?

      • philtration - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        No… I don;t think the Bulls played as well as they can without Rose.
        Deng is a much better player when he can use both hands and Boozer was AOL.
        If Boozer has just a so-so game and scores 10 points it never comes down to the last minute.
        He needed to step it up last night and he did not do that.
        He is a lot like Bosh in the fact that he does not like a physical game and you can out muscle them until they disappear.
        They did not contain LeBron and Wade (not easy to do) but they did stop the rest of the team.

        Every team has a flaw and these two are no different.
        I am sure they will see each other again in the Eastern Conference Finals unless a team like Indiana, Philadelphia or Orlando pulls an upset.
        These are the two best teams in the East but there are several other teams that are going to be tough so nothing is guaranteed.
        I think the Pacers are one player away from being an elite team right now.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Refresh my memory phil, why didn’t the Mavs play your Bulls last year?

        You guys continue to celebrate these meaningless games, we’ll see what happens come play-off time when Lucas isn’t hitting no look hook shot off the backboard three’s. Good luck with that.

      • philtration - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        I should not have to refresh your memory southbeach since you have only been following the NBA for a year and a half.
        If you can’t remember back that far then you have bigger issues.

  4. lmoneyfresh - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Of course Kurt won’t make much of this game. His beloved heat got outclassed by a short-handed bulls team.

  5. asublimeday - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM


  6. asublimeday - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    The Heat are everything that’s wrong with professional basketball, and the Bulls are everything that’s right.

    Good guys, team play, sharing the ball, role players knowing and fitting into their roles, and great defense. That’s why we pray.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Bunch of choir boys. Derrick Rose has someone else take his SAT andU Memphis’ entire final four season erased because of it. Carlos Boozer shakes the hand and lies to the face of the blind owner who gave him a shot when nobody else would and wanted to pay him millions of dollars. And that’s just what we know.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA really?

      That has to be the dumbest comment I’ve read on here for a while.. And that’s saying something. WOOOOOHOOOOOO you guys won a regular season game!!! Ticker tape time!!!!

      Lets see if after the Bulls get eliminated you and your boy phil hide out like you did last year.

      The Bulls got 24 from Lucas, that’s why they won. Wont happen again. And if you replace Rose with Lucas the Bulls lose. Superstar Rose would have put up a lot of shots and assisted very little. MVP, ha!

  7. dirtybird2020 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I guess its a fluke that the magic did the same thing the night before, so i guess i say yea as we have good 3 point shooters and rose out, and if hamilton healthy he dint need to do much but also shoots well form the 3, not to mention boozer barely played, the fact is our bench played the whole game and mounted those queers

    • philtration - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      The Bulls have four players that are shooting over 40% from the 3 yet “1972wasalongtimeago” believes that it was just luck.

      1972 was a long time ago and so was that stupid Miami preseason victory celebration last year.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        You know what wasn’t too long ago… the ECF. Almost got swept!

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        “Almost” is incorrect. Hard to almost get swept when you win the first game.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      “Mounted those queers”

      brainless moron = dirtybirdie

  8. berbes - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    the bulls have a better T E A M instead of a ringless ‘king’.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      We take no responsibility for what happened in Cleveland. From 2003-2010, you can call him whatever names you want.

      We’ll accept heat for the finals. We’ll accept credit for ending the Celtics. We’ll also accept your pats on the back for making Rose look like he was a 10 year old playing against the varsity in the ECFs.

      So as on now, from our perspective, he’s had one shot and came within 2 games. Let’s see how it plays out this year.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        We will also except credit for the end of Linsanity and D’Antoni.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      And the current Bulls have how many rings?

      0 + 0 = 0

      Just checking my Math..

      • chitownmatt - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        The math is easy as its exactly the same number as the Heat…

        Oh wait, I forgot Miami fans don’t actually care about rings. Dallas’ championship last year was just a “fluke” so they still think the Heat really should have won and therefore the Heat are the current world champions.

        And, it doesn’t really matter what happens this year in the Playoffs either as the Heat have already won, and anything else would be just another “fluke” and wouldn’t really count…. Right?

        Last night was a “fluke”
        3.5 games back…. hmmmm, must be another “fluke”

        Please tell me, exactly would it take to convince you that the Heat are not the best team in the NBA???

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM

        What would it take to convince Heat fans to show up to the game before halftime? It would save the building crew so much time putting on the seat covers.

  9. mistercharitystripe34 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    If Noah, Asik, and Gibson play this way against them in May, the Bulls can win. Miami’s the most overrated “unbeatable” team ever. One factor that people haven’t realized is that the Bulls have excellent 3pt shooters all over the place this season. I’ve watched every single Bulls game this year, and this team is superior to last year’s squad. Last year, Miami’s outside jump-shooting catapulted them to the Finals (as did their defense). James and Wade were making some ridiculous fall-away shots in crunch time moments.

    The running theme for the Bulls is that they only have one bonafide superstar who can create his own shot, and they need someone else to do that. This theme is starting to hit a fever pitch, which is strange considering the team that defeated Miami in the Finals had one bonafide superstar who has crunch-time chops (much like Rose) and who’s surrounded with a couple very good players and a bunch of very solid role-players. What honest analysts would say is that the Bulls are actually well-equipped to win a title against anyone, it’s just that the other players besides their star have to make some of those open shots when Miami tries to trap Rose in crunch-time.

    The Bulls are known for their excellent defense and fearsome rebounding prowess, but what’s overlooked is their very efficient offense. They share the ball more than any other team and when the ball is constantly moving, it creates major trouble for any opponent.

  10. asublimeday - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    We will also except credit for the end of Linsanity and D’Antoni.
    Of all the reasons I don’t at all respect fair-weather heat “fans”, not knowing the difference between “except” and “accept” will be tough to top.

  11. asublimeday - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Man, you Flamer fans sure are butt-hurt about getting embarrassed on national television.

    Keep coming up with excuses. You’ll feel better until the playoffs when the bulls do it again, if another team doesn’t do it first against your mediocre squad of half-assed celebrities.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Sounds more like you Cow fans are still hurt about the ass whoopin’ your sorry as one man show suffered last year. And will suffer again. Remember Cow fans regular season wins are nice but play off victories are what matter.

      You morons spew hot garbage and don’t read. I have said the Bulls are the best team right now. That is clear. Lets see who the best team is at the end. That’s all that matters.

      And what’s up with all the “butt” and “flamer” references? Someone sounds hmmm should I say confused.

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